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Technically Speaking

Tree Care: Getting to The Root of the Problem

If a customer’s tree is struggling, often the root cause can literally be found in the roots. Numerous issues can impact a tree’s roots, but below are some of the common ailments and how to identify which one is causing the problem. If your company doesn’t have an in-house arborist, it’s always recommended to seek […]

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Quality Control: Train Your Team to Identify and Combat Common Landscape Pests

Your field staff are your eyes and ears on your customers’ properties. You can’t be everywhere, and neither can your account managers, which is why it is critical to train your crew members how to identify and address issues they spot in the landscape during their site visits. By having your whole team dedicated to […]

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Tree Care: Stop the Spread of Crape Murder

It’s February, which means in the South, crape myrtles have all of a sudden started sporting rather severe buzzcuts. Despite its extreme prevalence, this type of ‘pruning’ is the opposite of beneficial for the plant.   As a landscape professional, you know better than to practice topping innocent crape myrtles, better known as crape murder. […]

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Technically Speaking: Creating a Winter Wonderland for Birds

If you have clients who delight in bird watching, you can aid their enjoyment of this hobby by crafting a landscape that attracts and protects birds during the colder months. Like all living creatures, birds need food, water and shelter during the winter. You can help provide these elements in a variety of ways.   […]

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Tree Care: Four Winter Insects to Watch For

With winter right around the corner, it can be easy for your clients to be lulled in a false sense of security with insects out of sight and out of mind. However, the pests must overwinter somewhere, and many can settle down in dormant trees. While adult insects ride out the colder months, winter can […]

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Technically Speaking: Prepping Clients for Snow Season

Setting clear expectations with clients is key to successful landscape operations and it is especially important when it comes to snow and ice management. Properly preparing before the snow starts falling will allow you to ensure everyone is on the same page when it comes to the level of service being provided and preferred communication […]

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Lawn Care: Sedge Control Methods

One of the adversaries that lawn care operators frequently have to battle is nutsedges. Sedge species are neither grasses nor broadleaves and are highly competitive against turfgrasses. The two most common species are purple and yellow nutsedge, which can be challenging to identify without the presence of seed heads. Both have triangular-shaped stems, but purple […]

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Sustainability: Native Versus Non-Native Plants

“Native plants give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours,” Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States from 1963-1969, famously said. “I want Texas to look like Texas and Vermont to look like Vermont.” More than 50 years later, the landscape industry — and many of its […]

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Tree Care: Dealing with Foliar Diseases

Foliar diseases are one of the most common diseases in trees, and if left untreated, they will lead to plant death. That’s why identifying the different types of foliar diseases ailing your client’s trees and understanding how to treat them is incredibly important. So, what are some of the different types of foliar diseases and […]

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Technically Speaking: Controlling Mole Crickets

If you’re located in the Southeast or southern coastal plains, it’s very likely you’ve had properties fall prey to mole crickets at one time or another. Aptly named, mole crickets are related to crickets, but they have enlarged heavy-clawed front legs for digging through the dirt like a mole. They feed on grass roots and […]

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